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Mars Wrigley will phase out its 94-year-old plant on Chicago's West Side over the next two years

Mars Wrigley Will Phase Out West Side Factory 

Mars Wrigley plans to wind down operations at its 94-year-old chocolate plant on Chicago’s West Side over the next two years, Crain’s Chicago Business reported. The facility in the West Side’s Galewood neighborhood employs about 280 people. 

The company said in a statement that it plans to partner with the surrounding community “on a future vision for the site.” 

“As we continuously evaluate our footprint across North America, our associates were informed yesterday of the decision to move the majority of operations to other facilities in the U.S. over the next two years,” the statement said. 

Locally, Mars Wrigley, which is headquartered on Goose Island, has facilities in Burr Ridge and Yorkville, and offices for Mars Food and global IT services in the Chicago area. The company, which also makes pet food, operates a pet nutrition manufacturing site in Illinois, plus 65 veterinary hospitals. 

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